Meeting Between Tatmadaw, Northern Military Alliance Postponed

A representative from the coalition of ethnic armed organizations say that both sides still ‘have a desire to meet.’

By NETWORK MEDIA GROUP (NMG)

Monday, August 13, 2018

A meeting between the Burmese armed forces and the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed organizations originally scheduled to take place in mid-August is not going ahead as planned, according to representatives of the affiliated groups.

Col Naw Bu, of the Kachin Independence Organization’s (KIO) information department, told NMG that he had heard the meeting was supposed to take place on Friday.

It was to bring together the Tatmadaw—Burma’s military—and the Northern Alliance-Burma, which includes the KIO, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Arakan Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army.

“Until now, I haven’t heard anything about it. I think they’ve postponed the meeting,” Col Naw Bu said. “If it is postponed, it is because of the Tatmadaw. The EAOs’ [ethnic armed organizations’] side didn’t cancel it,” he added.

It’s still unclear why the event did not take place.

Maj Mai Aik Kyaw, of the TNLA’s information department, said that “it’s not a cancellation,” and insisted that “both sides have a desire to meet.” They have yet to negotiate an appropriate time to do so, he explained.

KIO representatives led by Gen N’Ban La and a delegation of Tatmadaw members led by Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung recently held a meeting in Dali, Yunnan Province, in China.

The meeting ended after the Burmese army representatives reportedly demanded that KIO leaders agree to the military’s “Three Main National Causes,” which include “non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national sovereignty, and the perpetuation of sovereignty.”